Sunday, October 05, 2008

{ A Birthday Party & Recipe Sunday! }

Well the party is over...... It was very low key we had G & G Berry come over along with Aunt Christine and 5 cousins so it was a good time. Mr. Corbin was thrilled with his presents (that cheesy smile melts my )
  He loved his cake even though it looks terrible, seriously don't look too close. I guess that's what I get for staying up so late last night. But then again I never said I could make cakes, I make crafts not cakes! It's supposed to be Thomas coming out of a tunnel and Corbin wanted rocks hence the weird blackish grey blobs. Oh well, he was thrilled with it & that's what matters most right? But next year it's going to be an Ice Cream cake from Dairy Queen.
Okay you can stop laughing now. ;)

We also has some sad news this morning, Lloyd's grandfather passed away last night he will be missed along with his one of a kind sense of humor. The funeral will be this week so it should be a busy week with that and the kids only have school tomorrow and Tuesday and we still have football Mon-Fri so I think we'll be running.

Okay, here's the recipe for today I got if from this BLOG it's SUPER YUMMY & EASY PEASY! Plus it's a crock pot meal so you can't go wrong and while it cooks the house smells OH SO GOOD. 
In fact this is what we are eating Monday night. Yum!
The Ultimate Beef Stroganoff
Recipe & Picture from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

Put in crock pot: 2-3 pounds stew meat (i use about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 onion, sliced
Mix in a bowl and pour over meat:
¼ tsp. garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ cups beef broth or stock (made up from cubes or granules)
1 tablespoon ketchup
Cook in crock pot on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. When cooked make a simple roux by whisking 1/3 cup flour with enough apple juice (about 5-6 tablespoons) to make a thick but still pourable flour mixture. 
Whisk the roux into the crock pot and add 4 ounces sliced mushrooms.
Cook on high for 15-30 minutes. 
Then stir in ½ cup sour cream. 
Serve over pasta, rice or baked potatoes (pasta is my favorite option!).
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  1. ♥ Corbin looks beyond thrilled! Cute cake... Sorry to hear about Lloyds grandpa!

  2. What a cutie. I love Thomas. Have you ever been on the Thomas train that comes???So fun! Great cake!

    That recipe looks so yummy!

    -Sandy Toes

  3. Fabulous job on the cake!!!! Prayers and hugs to you and your family!

  4. Rachel
    the cake looks great and corbin looks thrilled with everything! Sorry to hear about grampa I'll be thinking of you and your family you'll be in my prayers.

  5. so sorry about your loss. i am sure he will be greatly missed.

    the stroganoff looks so yummy!

    on another completely random note... do you charge to do blog lay outs???? I saw the layout that you did with Cherry's and I love it + I love yours too!!!! If you are way too busy, I can completely understand. If you have time in the future that would be nice too!

    Have a great week and take it one step at a time....

  6. I'm sorry to hear that Lloyd's grandfather passed away. Hugs!

    That cake is amazing. I'm starting to resent that you can do everything........just sayin'. :)

  7. Rachel, you did a great job on the cake. It is one Corbin will remember. Home made is so much better. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Good luck with this week and give everyone hugs from us. Take care.

  8. The cake looks wonderful! I found your blog through MysteryHistory mom's blog or Robin's Nest, I forget.
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Hope your week is peaceful.

  9. I am so sorry about Lloyd's grandfather passing away.

    The party sounded like a huge success and the cake is just darling! I used to make cakes like that for my boys when they were little. Hmm...wonder what my 15 year old would do if I created a "fun" cake on his 16th birthday? It might be worth it just to see the look on his face.

    Yummy recipe! Thanks!

  10. I think the cake looks great. Really it is very cute. I am going to have to try that yummy recipe I love crock pot meals.

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  12. Rachel: You asked about Gollumizing in photoshop. I'm sorry but I'm of no help there. I don't have photoshop. I use photobucket for all my stuff. Soryy :( I think Gollum uses photoshop...she could tell you I'm sure. her place is

  13. I think the cake looks great! I love crock pot idea and this one look wonderful!

    Sorry for your family's loss!

  14. The cake looks great! I just found your blog today and am sad I missed your giveaway! Love the frame and artwork!

    I am having a giveaway over at both of my blogs.

    I also love the blog makeover that you did for Cherries Jubilee.

  15. Love the cake! I will be trying this recipe soon...I am all about easy!!

    So sorry to hear about your loved one...thinking of you!!

  16. The cake is adorable, I think you did a great job. And I am so sorry for y'alls loss. My heart goes out to all of y'all.

  17. Thanks for the recipe.
    You did a good job on the cake. It looks like it was fun to make.

  18. I am sorry for your loss. I know how hard and hectic that can be.

    I'm with Angie... is there nothing you are bad at? That cake looks awesome. You are really hard on yourself and honestly you amaze me every time you create something!

  19. The cake and your little Corbin are just too cute. Happy Birthday to him!

    So sorry for your family's loss. Hope you have lots of wonderful memories to comfort your during this sad time.

  20. The cake looked even better in real life! You did a great job Rachel. I am glad we got to be there for the party.

    (Tell everyone hello for us tomorrow.)


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